Listeria in energy bars Clif Bar withdraws three products from the maxi recall market in all
Listeria in energy bars. Clif Bar withdraws three products from the market: maxi recall in all the USA
Clif Bar has announced a recall of three types of energy bars sold in the USA, due to potentially fatal bacterial contamination. The company based in California has declared that it has not received, until now, reports of diseases related to individuals who have consumed the bars, but has decided, in collaboration with the FDA, to launch the call for prudence. The maxi-critic concerns the Clif Nuts bars & Seeds Energy Bars, Sierra Trail Mix Energy Bars, and Mojo Mountain Mix. The products were called after the Sunopta supplier, discovered that an ingredient of the bar, the sunflower seeds, could be contaminated with MonocyTogenes listeria.
Listeria is a bacterium that causes listeriosis, a disease that exposes spontaneous abortion to pregnant women at risk. Listeriosis can take two forms, the diarrheal one, typical of food infections, which occurs within a few hours of ingestion, and the invasive one, which through intestinal tissues and reaches the blood and spreads by developing sepsis, encephalitis and meningitis. In this case, diseases can also be developed three months after the ingestion of infected food.
The first symptoms, explains the Higher Institute of Health, “are often similar to those of other diseases derived from contaminated foods: fever, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea. When the infection spreads to the nervous system, migraines, confusion, neck stiffening, loss of balance or even convulsions “can manifest”. Listeriosis is particularly dangerous for immunosuppressed people, cancer patients, diabetes, AIDS, elderly people, infants and pregnant women, in which they can cause a miscarriage. In addition, the Higher Institute of Health continues, “among the infants, who contracted the infection from the mother, the mortality rate is rather high, and the disease manifests itself both in the form of pneumonia and meningitis, difficult to distinguish at the level symptomatic by infections caused by other pathogens. In babies, however, listeriosis can also give rise to other symptoms, such as loss of appetite, vomiting, epidermal irritation.
Even when the outcome of the disease is not fatal, the newborn still has the risk of suffering long -term neurological damage and delayed development “. In light of the alert that comes from the USA and waiting for a response from the Ministry of Welfare, comments Giovanni d ’ Agata, president of the “Rights Desk”, an association now a reference point for food safety in Italy, We invite you to avoid the consumption of the lots of the bars imported from the United States. On the website of our Ministry of Health there is still no information.